Do you offer part-time preschool?
We offer a half-day morning program for children through age 5. Our Montessori cycle occurs at the beginning of the day and is a key aspect that sets us apart from other private schools and childcare facilities. In over three decades of experience, we have found the greatest strides in learning and enthusiasm come from children when their days are patterned consistently. Those choosing to enroll in a Montessori school do so because of the Montessori approach; thus the children must be present to get the most out of the Montessori-environment.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes, there is a waiting list for all programs at this time. Your child may be placed on our waiting list due to a number of factors including the child’s age and staff/student ratios, as per state requirements. The length of time on a waitlist will also vary due to many factors. The Enrollment process involves several steps, the first of which is to gather information, learn more about the Montessori Method and decide if you would like to continue the process. Completing and returning the FREE PreApplication allows us to gain more information about your child and your interest in our program. The PreApplication also allows us to distinguish which families are sincerely interested in our program, compared to the many inquiries for a ‘space’. Our tours are by appointment only and are customized to the families attending. The FREE PreApplication is the first step to get on the initial waitlist. Once we anticipate an opening in a program for which your child is eligible, we will contact you to tour the school. Following the tour, families may choose to continue through the admissions process and complete the Application along with Application fee, upon which a time will be scheduled for your child to join the classroom and spend time with the Lead Teacher to determine readiness for the program and possible start date.
Is your program just for the school year? Can I take summers off?
Our program for children birth through age 5 is a year-round program and requires an annual contract, running June through the following June. We offer opportunities for parents to shift to a half-day schedule during the summers, and back to a full day schedule during the school year though. Once children are eligible for our Elementary Program, they may take summers off or may be invited to join our Summer Friendship Club (ages 6-12) which is a standalone program.
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?
At this time, neither scholarships nor financial aid is available. Child Care Assistance (CCA) is available and families may contact CCA of North Dakota to discuss their family’s financial needs. Families are solely responsible for all costs. Those who qualify for CCA will need to notify GFMA, and bring paperwork to the office for signatures and attendance records in order to be directly reimbursed by CCA.
Do students have to wear uniforms?
A few years ago we made the switch to uniforms, and our families loved the results! In fact, many families are happy to learn our school requires uniforms. Parents find it eases morning routines as well as saves money. Our uniform outfitter, Land’s End, has created a unique website for GFMA which allows parents to easily select uniform components for their child. Items can be returned online or at your local Sears store. Additionally, Land’s End offers incentives to save money with points earned from purchases (see their website for details on their program). They frequently offer discounts and free shipping. Many items can be purchased at local stores and do not need to be brand specific; and we do not require parents to purchase a set quantity, nor do they need to purchase new. In fact, we offer our parents an opportunity to resell gently used clothing through the school.
Our family chooses to homeschool. What sort of ‘support’ do you offer?
Our ‘homeschool support’ program is just that, one that supports the needs of the families that homeschool as we create a partnership that works in the best interest of your children. We evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis to make sure that our mutual goals match your vision of your children’s education.